MINI Countryman PHEV Review

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Price £36,600 - £40,850 

MINI’s biggest car has had a facelift, more range and some extra green credentials. That makes it great for commuting and short trips, though it's expensive.

Score

8/10

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  • Battery: 9.6 kWh
  • Company car tax: 12%
  • Emissions: 40 g/km
  • Range: 38 miles (electric)
  • Fuel economy: 62.8 MPG
  •  Mini Countryman PHEV
  • Mini Countryman PHEV exterior front driving in forest
  • Mini Countryman PHEV exterior rear parked
  • Mini Countryman PHEV exterior rear driving in forest
  • Mini Countryman PHEV connected to charger
  • Mini Countryman PHEV interior dashboard and display
  • Mini Countryman PHEV interior rear seats
Driven and reviewed by Electrifying.com・ Published: 21/09/2020・Updated: 21/09/2022

Nicki Says

“The last Countryman PHEV was one of the best-driving PHEVs around but had an infuriatingly small battery which gave you no more than 15 miles of range in cold weather. The bigger battery in this one is welcome.”

Ginny Says

“I love MINIs, even though the Countryman isn't very miniature at all. The PHEV is now even more practical thanks to a bigger battery, but my heart will always say go the whole hog and get the pure electric MINI hatch.”

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Mini Countryman PHEV exterior rear parked

MINIs have never been cheap to buy, but strong build quality, good resale values and image go a long way.

  • Price:£36,980 - £40,850
  • Full charge cost (approx. – based on home charging):£1.57
  • Company car tax:13% (2022-2025)
  • Insurance group:28E
  • Warranty Vehicle:3 years, battery 6 years/60k miles

Pricing 

With prices kicking off at just under £36,600, the MINI Countryman Cooper SE Plug-In Hybrid isn’t a cheap way to get around. And that’s before you start piling on MINI’s extensive options to truly make the car your own. If you’re not careful with options box ticking you can be looking at a hefty bill. 

However, while there are cheaper PHEVs out there, few come with the quality, charm, or image that the MINI gets you. You get what you pay for in this case… 

Running costs

The headline figure of 166mpg fuel economy isn’t to be sniffed at. The MINI’s claimed frugality means you’ll be able to bumble round the country barely filling the tank – a huge bonus compared to the more traditional MINI Countrymans that eat fuel at a greater rate. 

If you remember to keep its battery charged, and your commute is less than 38 miles a day (most are), you’ll find yourself avoiding the pumps altogether, only needing to fuel up for longer trips. If you don’t keep the battery charged, though, you’ll be paying to lug around a bunch of heavy electric gear. 

Company car drivers will do well to switch to the PHEV MINI, at just 12% there’s plenty of savings to be made on the tax you'll end up paying.

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